Literature: The Abandon Trilogy

A series of Young Adult novels written by Meg Cabot. The series is a modern retelling of the Greek Myth of Persephone and Hades.

Pierce Oliviera had a near death experience. More like a death, actually. After drowning in her pool, Pierce woke up in the Underworld where John Hayden, Lord of the Underworld, chose her to be his consort. Frightened, Pierce escaped back into the realm of the living.

Two years later, Pierce and her mother move to her mother's hometown of Isla Huesos. Pierce attempts to move on but feels John's presence everywhere.

There's another presence though, a much more unsettling force. There's the Furies, vengeful spirits who want nothing more than to hurt Pierce and make John suffer.

Pierce begins to learn more about the history and secrets of Isla Huesos, the Underworld, her family, and John himself and begins to fall in love with the man she once feared.

Books in the Series:
  • Abandon (2011)
  • Underworld (2012)
  • Awaken (2013)

Tropes Appearing in the Abandon Series:

  • Abduction Is Love/ Break Her Heart To Save Her: Subverted in that Pierce started falling for John after he took her to the Underworld the second time, and she's less than happy about the situation. He starts regretting the decision when he realizes that he's causing her parents anguish, and lets her return to Isla de los Huesos in Underworld to stop Alex from dying.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Pierce and John, though John tends to calm down under Pierce's influence.
  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Pierce faces this problem during her depression following her near death experience.
  • An Axe to Grind: How Pierce and her friends break down the door between the Underworld and the living world in Awaken.
  • Annoying Younger Cousin: Alex views Pierce as this, but in actuality he's this to her.
  • Arc Symbol: Tassels
  • Badass Adorable: Henry, the cabin boy on John's crew.
  • Beta Couple: Frank and Kayla, Chloe and Reed, Mr. Graves and Mrs. Engle
  • Big Man on Campus: Seth Rector, leaning towards Jerk Jock.
  • Book Dumb: Pierce, following her accident, just can't perform well in school. Almost all of the kids in New Pathways and D-Wing count.
  • Bratty Teenage Son: Alex. He gets better.
  • Catch Phrase: Check yourself before you wreck yourself
  • Chekhov's Skill: Pierce's dad taught her how to throw a punch. It comes in handy when her grandmother tries to kill her at the end of Abandon.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Pierce suffers from this, much to John's chagrin. It often gets her in trouble.
  • Convenient Colour Change: The Persephone Diamond helpfully alerts Pierce whenever Furies are near by turning black.
  • D-Cup Distress: Kayla
  • Demonic Possession: How the Furies operate. They are able to take over a Weak-Willed person and control them. Apart from the Persephone Diamond, there's no way of detecting them apart from normal humans.
  • Double Standard: Pierce is so disgusted by the Double Standard others have towards the relationship between Mr. Mueller and Hannah that she takes matters into her own hands.
  • Driven to Suicide: Hannah
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Though the first two books make you question how we reach that happy ending in the first place.
  • Evil Matriarch: Pierce's grandmother
  • Five-Man Band: John's crew
  • By the end of the series, the band is as follows:
  • Friend to All Living Things: Pierce and her mother.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Most of Isla Huesos. Justified as they are near Cuba.
  • Gray Eyes: John
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Uncle Chris
  • Mayfly-December Romance: John is over a hundred years old and still appears to be 19. He's old enough that the person originally meant to be his consort was Pierce's mother.
  • Meaningful Name: Pierce (Persephone), John Hayden (Hades), Zachary and Deborah (Zeus and Demeter)
    • The pet's names: Alastor, Typhon, and Hope.
    • Isla Huesos aka Island of Bones
  • My Greatest Failure: Pierce's mom feels this way about her brother taking the rap for her and the senior Rector playing with ancient skulls and ending up in jail. She never revealed the truth though it would exonerate Uncle Chris because said ex-boyfriend threatened to hurt Chris.
  • Never Mess with Granny: A villainous example with Pierce's grandmother.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: This happens several times
    • Kayla got put in D wing because she stopped her junkie brother from abusing her mother.
    • Why did Pierce get expelled from her old school? Because she outed Mr. Mueller as a predator during an evening tutoring session, though John was responsible for the bone shattering.
    • Jade, Pierce's guidance counselor, got killed while patrolling a graveyard to watch out for vandals.
    • John saving Pierce from her grandmother got him photographed and portrayed as an abductor.
    • Pierce saving the jeweler from John led to the jeweler's daughter, a cop, attempt to Taze Pierce for revenge. Thank goodness she touched the Diamond and got cured.
  • Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted with Mr. Smith and his partner.
  • One Head Taller: John and Pierce
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Patricide: Eventually revealed to be John's big crime.
  • Police Are Useless: In this case, however, it's also because some of the police are possessed by Furies. When they try to kill Pierce, the regular police are shocked.
  • Poor Communication Kills /One Dialogue, Two Conversations / You Didn't Ask: A lot of the problems Pierce and John face are the result of Pierce and John misunderstanding the others meaning and then thinking the other knew what they were talking about. (Ex. What the pomegranate means in Underworld).
  • Power Crystal: The Persephone Diamond
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Pierce
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Pierce's dad, surprisingly enough. He gets along well with John in Awaken.
  • Really 700 Years Old: John and his crew are well over 100-years-old.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Pierce's dad is perplexed about why John doesn't use his powers, namely teleportation, to run a profitable business.
  • Shrinking Violet: Though she was once in Drama class, Pierce gets very anxious around people even after she makes friends.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: John
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Mr. Mueller and Hannah
  • The Underworld: Plays it straight by making it a waiting room before the final destination. Changes it to being a cavern with a lake in it. Also, there are multiple Underworlds, John just controls the one under Isla Huesos.
  • Too Dumb to Live: This is a book about the Underworld, so this trope is played with.
    • Pierce thinks this of herself after her near-death experience, and John thought Pierce was like this after he learned she staged her tutoring session with Mr. Mueller, to obtain an Engineered Public Confession. The truth is actually more complicated, since Furies were involved in both cases.
    • Alex is more like this, however, given he got a clear warning about his antics getting him buried alive, as well as running off to bust the Rectors after being driven home.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Pierce's Grandmother, The Rector family
  • Wife Husbandry: Implied. Pierce is made sure to meet John when she's little so she will meet him again when she dies at an older age. The plan initially involved Pierce's mother.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Kayla overhears Pierce, John and Frank's supernatural discussion and assumes they are vampires

Alternative Title(s):

Abandon Series